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Be a Team Member

published on 02.10.17

Be a Team Member

Some of the best leaders are team players. If you truly want to be a leader, you have to be willing to show your employees that you're not above getting down in the trenches and being a part of the team with them.

Bob McEwan, retired general manager of GE Aviation, recently wrote in a column for us that, "As a team member, don't be afraid to do tasks outside your functional area/expertise, it will show others you're willing to try new things."

When you're willing to set aside time to become a part of the team, you gain the respect of those who look to you for leadership. And, as an added bonus, you'll have a better understanding of how your organization run and operates.

I've spoken to many contractors over the years, a great deal of whom are second and third generation owners. One thing they all have in common is, before they were elevated to a position of leadership within the company, they were a member of the team.

Years ago, when I interviewed Mitchell Cropp and his son Tim at CroppMetcalfe in Fairfax, Va., I remember the story Tim told me of how he started in the company. On his first day in the family business, Mitch handed him a broom and instructed him to sweep the parking lot.

From the moment he picked up that broom, Tim spent time learning and working in every aspect of the company, truly becoming a member of the team. Today, as president of CroppMetcalf, Tim has intimate knowledge of the company and the respect of the team he leads.


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